Driver in fatal Charlottesville wreck identified as James Alex Fields

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Fields was booked into the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and faces possible charges of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.

After violence caused authorities to stop a white nationalist rally before it began Saturday, a driver plowed his vehicle into a crowd of protesters. Fields was apprehended moments after the crash, Charlottesville Police Department Chief Al Thomas said.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in the U.S. state of Virginia, accused of driving his vehicle into a crowd of protesters and killing a woman. His name was not immediately released.

Video of the incident shows the auto driving at a high rate of speed over multiple counter-protesters at the rally.

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A helicopter crash that killed the pilot and a passenger later in the afternoon outside Charlottesville also was linked to the rally by State Police, though officials did not elaborate on how the crash was connected.

"What the world saw today is not the place Charlottesville is", Thomas said of the violence that preceded the scheduled rally. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city and police ordered the crowds to disperse.

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